Frank L. Duncan, D.D.S

Call (270) 901-0497

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea: A Treatable Sleep Disorder

At Frank L. Duncan, D.D.S, we treat many Bowling Green sleep apnea patients for this common sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is diagnosed when someone sleeping stops breathing momentarily, then gasps for air. Apneas are defined as pauses in breathing that last 10 seconds or longer; a shorter one is called a hypopnea. This is most often caused by your airway becoming blocked during sleep; this is known as obstructive sleep apnea.

If you have sleep apnea, you will most likely have many apneas each night. However, since sleep apneas happen while you're sleeping, it's can be hard to diagnose yourself. Maybe you don't feel rested when you wake up, get sleepy during the day, and have never known why.

During an apnea, the level of oxygen in the blood falls, so the brain can't get the air it needs. This compromises REM sleep, which ought to be deeply restful. Sleep apnea can leave people with daytime fatigue, but it also leaves people more prone to a range of other health problems. Research suggests an association between sleep apnea and heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, memory loss and brain damage.

When seeking treatments, Bowling Green sleep apnea patients have a number of options. The most popular therapy is a CPAP machine; the breathing mask gives continuous positive air pressure all night long. However, some patients choose splint therapy, deciding they would prefer a nightguard to a sleep mask. Only in the most severe cases might a doctor consider sleep apnea surgery.

But Dr. Duncan will also tell you that treatment can sometimes be refreshingly simple. People with mild sleep apnea may be able to triumph over the sleep disorder by making some straightforward lifestyle changes. These include avoiding alcohol and tobacco, doing breathing exercises, losing weight, and sleeping at an angle, on one's side, or with a sleep apnea pillow.

If you're in the Bowling Green, KY area and would like a sleep apnea consultation, just give us a call at (855) 803-9562. We'll help you sleep easier!

Read more about sleep apnea:

 Call for an appointment:
(270) 901-0497

Make an Appointment
Frank L. Duncan, D.D.S

Dr. Frank L. Duncan

Share |
Frank L. Duncan, D.D.S
1212 Ashley Circle, Suite 4
Bowling Green, KY 42104
General Info: (270) 901-0497
Frank L. Duncan, D.D.S
106 E Public Square
Scottsville, KY 42164
General Info: (270) 237-4747

 Call for an appointment:
(270) 901-0497

Make an Appointment